Your 2015 Bioethics Challenge

ChelseaAssisted Suicide, Bioethics, Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Euthanasia, IVFLeave a Comment

Should you choose to accept it, Zachary Gappa from the Center for a Just Society has a New Year’s challenge for pro-lifers: this new year I beg people to take some time to learn more about bioethics. The stakes are high. Our definitions of life, death, and human dignity are up for grabs, so we must not abdicate our moral duty … Read More

Abortion is Not the Only Pro-Life Battle Before Us

ChelseaAbortion, Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, IVF, Pro Life, Reproductive Technology2 Comments

Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins writes at HLI’s Truth and Charity Forum: I’m not saying to abandon the use of the term “pro-life” altogether, but we must realize that the term “pro-life” allows the person using it to give it their own definition. For me and others I work with, it means that we are dedicated to … Read More

BioTalk, Ep. 2: 3-Parent Embryos and the Brave New U.S.

ChelseaBioTalk, Cloning, Embryo Experimentation, Embryonic Stem Cell Research1 Comment

A new episode of BioTalk, in which Rebecca Taylor and I talk about all things bioethics — especially issues related to human biotechnology — is finally here! In this episode, we talk about scientists experimenting with “three parent embryos” and the “Brave New” United States where there are no restrictions on this or other once unthinkable kinds of human experimentation … Read More

Supreme Court Approves Expanded Fed. ESCR Funding

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Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the legality of Barack Obama’s expanded government support of human embryonic-stem-cell research. Plaintiff’s in the case, which was first filed in a lower court in 2009, revolved around the prohibition by Congress of funds for “research in which an embryo is destroyed, discarded or injured”, a phrase … Read More

Other Court Cases to Keep an Eye On

ChelseaEmbryonic Stem Cell Research, Gene Patenting3 Comments

While the country continues to processes yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling and what it all means, Rebecca Taylor reminds us of another court battle we should keep and eye on: The ACLU and the Association for Molecular Pathology have sued Myriad Genetics and the U.S. Patent Office over Myriad’s patent on the BRCA I and II genes. The initial ruling, issued … Read More

Fox’s Stem Cell Honesty

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Three years ago on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz told Michael J. Fox that his quest down the yellow brick road of embryonic stem cell research may lead to nowhere. It didn’t seem to fully register with him at the time, but now he may be catching on. In an interview with Dianne Sawyer, Fox and his Foundation … Read More

A Bold Statement from Newt on ESC Research and IVF

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This didn’t get a whole lot of press, but it certainly caught my attention. While courting pro-life Christians in Florida on Sunday, Newt Gingrich said that he would ban all embryonic stem cell (ESC) research – even research on ‘left-over’ embryos from IVF labs – and take a serious look at the way fertility clinics are managed. From the Christian … Read More

Appeal Process Moving Forward for Federal Stem Cell Funding Suit

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In 2009 two researchers filed a lawsuit claiming that new National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines easing restrictions on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research are a violation the Dicky-Wicker Amendment, a budgetary amendment prohibiting federal tax dollars from being used to create or destroy human embryos for scientific research. In August 2010, district court judge Royce Lamberth agreed and … Read More

Stephen Colbert on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Today Marc Barns posted his favorite Colbert Catholic moments. This made me think of one of my personal favorite Colbert moments: his 2006 interview with bioethicist Lee Silver. Silver says plenty of stupid things during the whole interview, but the stupidest is when he tells Colbert that the cells on his arm are human life in the same way that … Read More

Geron, Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Your Tax Dollars

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Last week, citing financial difficulties as the main factor behind their decision, U.S. based Geron corporation announced that it was suspending the world’s first human trial for cells derived from human embryos and getting out of the embryonic stem cell (ESC) research business altogether. In recent years private investment into ESC research has been steadily declining for several reasons, not … Read More